Anna Gülcher

Postdoctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology and NASA Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, USA

I am a computational Earth and planetary scientist. My research focuses on – but is not restricted to – the interior and tectonic processes that shape rocky planets (e.g., Venus and Earth). I aim to put observations from geophysics, space, geology, and geo/cosmo-chemistry in a physics-based framework using numerical modelling techniques. I am involved in ESA/NASA‘s EnVision space mission to Venus via the Radio Science and Gravity Experiment team, and I am a member of the ‘International Team on Venus Seismicity‘ from The International Space Science Institute (ISSI). 

I am further passionate about project management, science communication, and diversity, with a performance history record of organisation, leadership, and outreach skills. This is reflected in various professional service roles, such as in the Geodynamics Division of the European Geosciences Union (past) and NASA’s Venus Exploration Analysis Group Steering Committee (present). I aim to contribute to a more open, diverse, and inclusive community for scientists. 

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Women in science/STEM, scientific communities, software, and visualisation


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow02.2023 - present

SNF-awarded fellowship: ‘Plume-induced rift tectonics on Venus’

  • Postdoctoral researcher in Geophysics10.2022 - 01.2023
  • PhD candidate in Geophysics11.2018 - 10.2022

PhD dissertation: Shaping Earth’s interior evolution through chemical and rheological heterogeneity in the lower mantle

  • MSc. in Geophysics09.2016 - 09.2018

MSc thesis: Plume penetration into Venusian lithosphere and the origin of coronae: inferences from 3D thermo-mechanical modelling

  • BSc. in Earth Sciences09.2013 - 07.2026

BSc thesis: Obtaining a high resolution geomagnetic field intensity curve for the Azores region, the IZZI-Thellier approach


SNF Postdoctoral Fellowship

Swiss National Science Foundation-awarded grantfor a 2-year postdoc fellowship at CalTech/NASA JPL 


EGU Outstanding Presentation Award

Outstanding Student Poster Presentation award at the EGU General Assembly 2019, Geodynamics division 


ETH Zurich MSc. thesis medaille

Award for the best Master’s thesis in the Department of Earth Sciences at ETH Zürich in 2018


PhD defence celebration

ETH Zurich Excellence Master Scholarship

Excellence Scholarship for my full MSc degree at the Dept. of Earth Sciences, ETH Zürich


Molengraaff Fonds

TU Delft research fund for carrying out paleomagnetic fieldwork for my BSc thesis research in the Azores


MSc graduation